Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: 39° 57′ 1″ N, 75° 9′ 1″ W
I'm gona chime in here and agree with Jeep_on, I like the look of a good factory radio. Fills the dash in properly and the lights match the other components in the dash. They just blend in better.
sooo here is my little rant on aftermarket radios.....
Aftermarlet radios these days have too many flashy lights and strobes on them. Lcd creens that scroll images and messages across the screen that display all sorts of fancy graphics that move too the music and tell you what model radio you just bought just in case you forget! face plates that rotate when you turn them on! Little flip screens that you can recive broadcasts from mars on. Next will be a disco ball that ejects and retracts out of the head unit!
Oh, but the best part is that you only have to controll it threw one button!!! Just hit the button 15 times then rotate it to the left then to the right by a 1/4 turn, then push it 3 more times! All while going down a pothole filled road or threw rush hour trafic or better yet down your favorite SMOOTH trail! Yea and just dont push it the fourth time then you have to wait 5 min. with the volume on 50! then you have to start all over again! but this time if you hit the button more than 3 times after going threw that procedure, the air bags go off!!!
Just put a seperate button for all the controlls! How hard is that??? You know there used to be a day when the more buttons and dials ment the better it was! funny how things change! ( no, I did have shoes when I walked to school, but it was a long walk!)
Ok sure, then lets just try the remote they give you. the remote controlls leave alot to be desired. while they controll alot, they dont do certian things that you would want and others that are just stupid. I.E. why do I want an cd eject button on the remote? If im gona eject a cd and remove it, dont I have to reach over to the unit anyway? Use that remote button for some thing I need like a seperate volume controll! Ok, they are small and compact little units thats nice. Ever try and hold one in your hand so that you can actualy hit all of the buttons with out constantly moving the thing aroung in your hand, fumbeling around looking down to see what button your actualy hitting? "hey I think my thumb has a cramp, pull me out coach!" do all that and acualy drive strait? Soon they will have a "No remote while driving" law! Hell, this little tourture device usualy winds up laying in the botom of the center console of your favorite vehicle, and you wind up giving up on the whole idea after five min. of listening to a song on the radio that you just cant stand and just reach over and hit that damb button anyway!
Yea, and dont get me started on the detachable face thing! when was the last time you saw a guy walking around with the face plate of his radio in his pocket? Dude its just in the glove box! dont you think that they know that!!!!! And who actualy takes thiers in at night when they park thiers??
After all that, I do have an upgraded stereo in my jeep, but it is a cd/casette style out of a durango. I do like it but I am now looking for an upgrade so I can hook the ipod directly too it. I know I can do the FM transmiter thing, but I do want to look into a unit from a WJ, or simmular, so I can do a direct hook up and controll it threw the head unit. Do you guys know if th WJ radios will fit in the ZJ's?
94 ZJ laredo 5.9 V8 swap D44a posi
I wouldn't drive down a driveway on that.
''If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there's still a 30% chance we're going to get it wrong.''